The Puerto Rican crested toad is a critically endangered species that has been wiped out in all but one small part of their historic range. Urbanization has destroyed their breeding sites and introduced species are outcompeting these smaller toads. The recent hurricanes introduced yet another challenge for the survival of these great animals. Thankfully, these were the first amphibian species to be part of the AZA's SSP, and several Zoos throughout the US are working hard to save the crested toads with captive breeding, reintroduction and habitat restoration programs.
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